just give me a happy middle
Castor Gallery is pleased to present Just Give Me A Happy Middle, an exhibition of new works by Alexandra Rose, Aliza Morell, Anne Vieux, Emerald Rose Whipple, Heath West, Jeannette Hayes, Nick Farhi, and Signe Pierce. The artists will be in attendance for the opening reception from 7-9 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Alexandra Rose, an LA based artist, combines architectural precision and painterly technique to create visually complex artworks. The structural is put into conversation with the gestural, which places the architectural designs into a new context. Her brushstrokes act as an internal catalyst, rearranging the straight lines and sharp angles, dissembling the rigid geometry.
Aliza Morell, who works primarily in oil and acrylic, adopts different painterly techniques in order to capture the ever-changing nature of light. Her most recent body of work portrays neon signs, maintaining the ghostly quality of neon light despite its rendering on a two dimensional surface. After completing her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Morell has exhibited throughout the United States, most prominently in Chicago and New York City.
Anne Vieux works in paint, sculpture, and video, maintaining a futuristic aesthetic that is rendered in each medium. Vieux’s paintings appear to be made of a moving liquid, transient yet frozen in a moment in time. But in video, these works come to life and the luminous stream flows freely. In sculpture, her work takes on a solidity that is not present in her videos and paintings. Vieux is based in Brooklyn and has exhibited throughout the United States.
Emerald Rose Whipple renders what appear to be street-style photographs in a pointillist brushstroke style. Her background in fashion is a consistent influence in her paintings, which often depict famous models alongside her close friends. The combination of contemporary party scenes and traditional avant-garde technique creates intricate artworks that encourage the viewer to examine them closely. Whipple’s work was recently shown at Volta NY.
Heath West’s paintings and watercolors depict landscapes and interior scenes in a style similar to that of Henri Matisse. His use of curvilinear forms and colorful planes are reminiscent of Matisse’s abstracted compositions. West’s work was featured in Castor Gallery’s inaugural exhibition and his works in this show demonstrate the progression in his artistic style from tactile geometric pieces to painterly references to early 20th century modernism.
Jeannete Hayes is a New York based artist addressing the contrast between high art and pop culture, juxtaposing canonical images from art history with references to modern technology and contemporary figures in media and entertainment. Hayes is best known for her collage-like aesthetic, which freely mixes anime characters with classical artworks. She recently exhibited in a solo show at Castor Gallery in April and has been named one of Artnet's 30 Most Exciting Artists in North America Today.
Nick Farhi creates delicate artworks that reflect his impeccable attention to detail. His recent exhibition at NADA New York featured his paintings of race car flags, which feature very subtle undulations in the checkerboard pattern. His simple geometric style has been compared to the work of Agnes Martin, while his more expressive pieces, such as those in his Wine Paintings series, are free-flowing and unrestricted, yet still consistent in their understated nature. Farhi has shown around the world, including Bill Brady (Miami), Rod Bianco (Oslo), United Artists (Marfa) & Neochrome (Torino).
Signe Pierce is a performance artist, photographer, and art director. Her work explores sexuality in the digital age, addressing the increasing commonality of manufactured objects of desire. Pierce has worked with Hot Sugar on their music videos, which are cast in pastels and neon, an aesthetic is that is also used throughout her photography and personal video art. American Reflexxx, a collaborative effort with Alli Coates that debuted at Art Basel Miami in 2013, brought Pierce a lot of attention; the work originally intended to explore the loss of individuality in the perfect woman, a phenomenon that has been greatly impacted by our reliance on technology.